IN CHARGE: Iluka markets will remain with incumbent licencsees Paul and Valma Ryan. Photo: Jenny McIndoe
IN CHARGE: Iluka markets will remain with incumbent licencsees Paul and Valma Ryan. Photo: Jenny McIndoe Debrah Novak

Local service club fails to secure Iluka markets licence

AN ATTEMPT to grant Iluka Rotary Club the licence for the Iluka Markets has been overturned.

At the last Clarence Valley Council meeting Cr Jeremy Challacombe moved to make the service club the licence holder, despite a recommendation from council staff to award the licence to incumbent holders Paul and Valma Ryan.

There were questions about the legality of the motion because the tender evaluation process had taken place and the Ryans' submission had been successful.

Council general manager Scott Greensill said expressions of interest had all come in and if there was to be a variation then all other applicants would need to be given fair time.

"There's a question if this is a legal motion," he said.

Cr Karen Toms proposed an amendment using wording from the officer's recommendation.

She proposed Iluka Rotary operate a monthly market at Iluka Sportsground for a three-year period providing a return of 20% to the Iluka Reserve Trust, with the Rotary Club to keep 80% based on a total number of stallholders at the market. Should the number of stallholders be less than 30per month, a flat fee of $150 would apply and the common seal be attached.

This amendment lapsed without a seconder and a foreshadowed motion supporting the officer's recommendation was debated.

Cr Challacombe said there had been issues with the markets in recent times and believed giving the licence to the Rotary club could help.

He also said it would ensure more money from the markets remained in the local community.

But other speakers noted problems with granting the licence to the club.

Cr Andrew Baker said there was nothing in the papers to make him change his mind from the original proposition.

He said he was disappointed with the Rotary submission and said the Ryans had a history of successful operation.

Cr Karen Toms agreed the club submission did not "cut the mustard".

"It would be nice to make these sorts of decisions to give the tender to a fantastic organisation but in reality it's not the best tender before us," she said.

The council voted seven to one for the officer's recommendation to award the licence to the Ryans.



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